Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ultra High Strength Steel in 2013 Honda Accord

2013 Honda Accord body structure is made of >55% high strength steel with tensile strengths starting at 440MPa. Of this, >17% is ultra high strength steel, with tensile strengths of 780MPa, 980MPa, and a martensitic grade 1500MPa. This 2013 model … Continue reading

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Automotive Lightweighting Workshop: February 12-13, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The next meeting of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Fuel Economy of Light-Duty Vehicles, Phase 2 will be a lightweighting workshop focused on lightweighting, mass reduction and their impact on fuel economy. On the agenda for the meeting … Continue reading

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Steel, Aluminum, and Automotive Market Concentration in China

Currently, around half of China’s total steel capacity is owned by the 10 biggest steel firms; the government aims to bring this to 60% by 2015. Also by 2015, targets call for 90% of automobile production and 90% of aluminum … Continue reading

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Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) for Exposed Applications

In one of the first uses of AHSS for automotive skin panels, POSCO is supplying Hyundai with an exposed quality advanced high strength steel with 490 MPa minimum tensile strength. Hyundai was able to reduce the mass of the door … Continue reading

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FASTLITE: French Program to Cut Vehicle Weight

In the next 5 to 7 years, the French FASTLITE project is attempting to take 200 kg (440 lb) out of vehicle weight. FASTLITE is subsidized by the French government, and involves Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroen, a dozen suppliers, research … Continue reading

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Audi A3: Mixed Materials Leads to Lighter Weight

The current model Audi A3 is 80 kg lighter than the prior version, resulting from “relatively thin-walled, form-hardened steels that make up 26% of an A3’s body materials, many aluminum parts including the hood and fenders, plastic for the front … Continue reading

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Aluminum from Bauxite and Alumina

Here’s a video showing how aluminum is made:

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Aluminum Can Manufacturing

Here’s a great video on how aluminum cans are made:

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